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 Collection: Congressional Research Service Reports
African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA): Background and Reauthorization

African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA): Background and Reauthorization

Date: March 13, 2015
Creator: Williams, Brock R.
Description: This report seeks to inform the discussion on the potential reauthorization of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), through analysis of the components of the AGOA legislation; U.S. import trends associated with AGOA; the impact of AGOA on African economies and U.S.-Africa trade; and the issues surrounding the reauthorization process.
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U.S.-EU Cooperation on Ukraine and Russia

U.S.-EU Cooperation on Ukraine and Russia

Date: March 13, 2015
Creator: Archick, Kristin & Mix, Derek E.
Description: This report briefly discusses U.S.-EU responses to the Ukrainian conflict, specifically focusing on the possible expansion of sanctions against Russia.
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The "Islamic State" Crisis and U.S. Policy

The "Islamic State" Crisis and U.S. Policy

Date: March 12, 2015
Creator: Blanchard, Christopher M.; Humud, Carla E.; Katzman, Kenneth & Weed, Matthew C.
Description: This report discusses the current crisis involving the Islamic State, which is a transnational Sunni Islamist insurgent and terrorist group that has expanded its control over areas of parts of Iraq and Syria since 2013.
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Northern Ireland: The Peace Process

Northern Ireland: The Peace Process

Date: March 11, 2015
Creator: Archick, Kristin
Description: This report provides background information regarding political violence and the peace process in Northern Ireland. It includes further information about the devolved government and recurrent crises (1999-2002, 2003-2007 and 2008-2010), implementation of police reforms, recent events and ongoing challenges, relevant U.S. policy, and recent legislation.
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The Attack Against the U.S. Ambassador to South Korea

The Attack Against the U.S. Ambassador to South Korea

Date: March 10, 2015
Creator: Manyin, Mark E. & Tiersky, Alex
Description: This report briefly discusses the March 5 knife attack on U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert.
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Nigeria's Boko Haram and the Islamic State

Nigeria's Boko Haram and the Islamic State

Date: March 10, 2015
Creator: Ploch Blanchard, Lauren
Description: This report discusses the Nigerian Islamist insurgent group Boko Haram, and their statement pledging loyalty to the leader of the Syria/Iraq-based Islamic State (IS/ISIL) organization and the implication for U.S. foreign policy and national security.
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China-U.S. Trade Issues

China-U.S. Trade Issues

Date: March 9, 2015
Creator: Morrison, Wayne M.
Description: This report provides an overview of U.S.-China commercial relations, including major trade disputes.
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Iran: Interim Nuclear Agreement and Talks on a Comprehensive Accord

Iran: Interim Nuclear Agreement and Talks on a Comprehensive Accord

Date: March 9, 2015
Creator: Katzman, Kenneth; Kerr, Paul K.; Nikitin, Mary Beth D. & Garcia, Michael J.
Description: This report discusses the nuclear agreement talks between Iran and the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Russia, China, and Germany--collectively known as the P5+1, which finalized an interim agreement ("Joint Plan of Action," JPA) requiring Iran to freeze many aspects of its nuclear program in exchange for relief from some international sanctions.
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Iran Sanctions

Iran Sanctions

Date: March 9, 2015
Creator: Katzman, Kenneth
Description: This report analyzes U.S. and international sanctions against Iran. U.S. sanctions have been a major feature of U.S. Iran policy since Iran's 1979 Islamic revolution, but U.N. and worldwide bilateral sanctions on Iran are a relatively recent (post-2006) development.
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Nigeria's 2015 Elections and the Boko Haram Crisis

Nigeria's 2015 Elections and the Boko Haram Crisis

Date: March 8, 2015
Creator: Ploch Blanchard, Lauren
Description: This report provides an overview of the political and social situation in Nigeria. The report discusses Nigeria's 2015 elections and the Boko Haram crisis.
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